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Taos in Taos County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Historic Taos Plaza

 
 
Historic Taos Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 22, 2013
1. Historic Taos Plaza Marker
Inscription.  Capitan Hernan Alvarado and his conquistadors from the famous Francisco Vasquez de Coronado Expedition arrived here on August 29, 1540. It is estimated that the Tiwa Indians settled in this valley around 1350 A.D. The name Taos is believed to be an adaptation of the Tewa Indian word Towih, meaning red willows. It is first recorded in history by Juan Belarde, secretary to Don Juan de Oñate in 1598. Taos was first colonized by Spain in 1615.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1540.
 
Location. 36° 24.433′ N, 105° 34.454′ W. Marker is in Taos, New Mexico, in Taos County. Marker is at the intersection of North Plaza and South Plaza, on the left when traveling west on North Plaza. It is at the entrance to the Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Taos NM 87571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Don Fernando de Taos (here, next to this marker); Historic Taos (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Bataan Memorial
Historic Taos Plaza and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 22, 2013
2. Historic Taos Plaza and Marker
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(a few steps from this marker); Don Fernando de Taos Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Padre Antonio José Martínez (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Taos County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ledoux Street (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Taos.
 
Historic Taos Plaza view in 2003- Marker in different location image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 4, 2003
3. Historic Taos Plaza view in 2003- Marker in different location
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 638 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on July 12, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

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